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High-Functioning Autistic Amateur Athlete; Came to Fame When he Scored 20 Points After Playing Four Minutes During a High School Basketball Game

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Jason McElwain, also known as "J-Mac," is a high-functioning autistic American; he came to fame on national news in 2006 when he played for four minutes and 19 seconds during a high school basketball game and scored 20 points.

McElwain had a passion for basketball, so Greece Athena High School basketball coach Jim Johnson appointed him manager of the team. On February 15, 2006, Greece Athena was playing Spencerport High School for a division title. Greece Athena got a large lead, so Coach Johnson decided to let McElwain play in the last four minutes. After initially missing two shots, McElwain made six three-point shots and one two-pointer. After the final buzzer rang, the crowd dashed onto the court in celebration.

In his hometown of Greece, New York, McElwain quickly became a celebrity. The family's home phone was always ringing, and when the McElwains went out for a meal, a group of fans ran into the family, praising Jason.

McElwain won an ESPY Award for the Best Moment in Sports in 2006. McElwain beat out Kobe Bryant's 81-point-game and the George Mason Patriots' run to the Final Four. The speech that Jason gave upon winning the award was written for him by his older brother The theme of the speech was about dreams coming true. In addition to the many celebrities McElwain met, he also appeared on various talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show," Larry King Live," Good Morning America" and Today.

Following his rise to fame, Jason McElwain wrote a book titled "The Game of My Life." The book is written mainly by Jason, but includes sections written by his family, coach and teammates. Editorial reviews were left by celebrities such as Magic Johnson, Doug Flutie, Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson Peete and Tony Dungy.

As early as late February, Jason McElwain and his family started receiving inquiries from over 25 film companies, including The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros., about making a film based on his story. In April 2006, it was announced that Columbia Pictures had bought the rights to produce the film.

McElwain now travels across the United States to help raise funds for autism research and to make media appearances. With all the activity that is going on his life, Jason admitted that he hasn't been playing as much basketball, but says that, "Occasionally, I'll go and shoot baskets at the YMCA." McElwain is also involved in public speaking, including an October 2011 speech at the Jefferson Rehabilitation House's annual dinner.

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The Game of My Life: A True Story of Challenge, Triumph, and Growing Up Autistic

The Game of My Life: A True Story of Challenge, Triumph, and Growing Up Autistic

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High-Functioning Autistic Amateur Athlete; Came to Fame When he Scored 20 Points After Playing Four Minutes During a High School Basketball Game

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Jason McElwain, also known as "J-Mac," is a high-functioning autistic American; he came to fame on national news in 2006 when he played for four minutes and 19 seconds during a high school basketball game and scored 20 points.

McElwain had a passion for basketball, so Greece Athena High School basketball coach Jim Johnson appointed him manager of the team. On February 15, 2006, Greece Athena was playing Spencerport High School for a division title. Greece Athena got a large lead, so Coach Johnson decided to let McElwain play in the last four minutes. After initially missing two shots, McElwain made six three-point shots and one two-pointer. After the final buzzer rang, the crowd dashed onto the court in celebration.

In his hometown of Greece, New York, McElwain quickly became a celebrity. The family's home phone was always ringing, and when the McElwains went out for a meal, a group of fans ran into the family, praising Jason.

McElwain won an ESPY Award for the Best Moment in Sports in 2006. McElwain beat out Kobe Bryant's 81-point-game and the George Mason Patriots' run to the Final Four. The speech that Jason gave upon winning the award was written for him by his older brother The theme of the speech was about dreams coming true. In addition to the many celebrities McElwain met, he also appeared on various talk shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show," Larry King Live," Good Morning America" and Today.

Following his rise to fame, Jason McElwain wrote a book titled "The Game of My Life." The book is written mainly by Jason, but includes sections written by his family, coach and teammates. Editorial reviews were left by celebrities such as Magic Johnson, Doug Flutie, Rodney Peete, Holly Robinson Peete and Tony Dungy.

As early as late February, Jason McElwain and his family started receiving inquiries from over 25 film companies, including The Walt Disney Company and Warner Bros., about making a film based on his story. In April 2006, it was announced that Columbia Pictures had bought the rights to produce the film.

McElwain now travels across the United States to help raise funds for autism research and to make media appearances. With all the activity that is going on his life, Jason admitted that he hasn't been playing as much basketball, but says that, "Occasionally, I'll go and shoot baskets at the YMCA." McElwain is also involved in public speaking, including an October 2011 speech at the Jefferson Rehabilitation House's annual dinner.

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    Booking fees for Jason McElwain, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jason McElwain, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Jason McElwain?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jason McElwain for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jason McElwain for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jason McElwain or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jason McElwain or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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